Giovanni Elia, MD

Associate Director of Palliative Care Service
Palliative care physician

Dr. Giovanni Elia is a palliative care physician who treats hospitalized patients with life-altering or terminal illnesses.

Elia's research focuses on using information technology and quality interventions to improve patient care.

Elia earned his medical degree from the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome. He then completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in pelvic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in gynecologic urology at the University of Southern California and a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the Institute for Palliative Medicine.

Elia is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and America Medical Association. He is a professor of medicine at UCSF. In his free time, he enjoys sailing.

Board Certification

Hospice & Palliative Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Academic Title


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Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 1981


Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center/New York Medical College, Obstetrics and Gynecology 1990


Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Pelvic Surgery 1991
University of Southern California, Gynecologic Urology 1993
Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2007

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Psotka MA, McKee KY, Liu AY, Elia G, De Marco T. Palliative Care in Heart Failure: What Triggers Specialist Consultation? Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2017 Sep - Oct; 60(2):215-225.
  2. Elia G and Ferris F . Textbook of Gynecologic Oncology. Second Edition. Ed. Ali Ayhan, Nicholas Reed, Murat Gultekin, Polat Dursum. Gunes Publishing, Ankara, Turkey. Challenges and Opportunities in Palliative Care. 2016.
  3. Elia G. Marin Medicine. Too Early for Palliative Care?. 2014; 60(2).

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